Research carried out by CB Insights earlier this year revealed that 34 AI startups emerged in the first quarter of 2017 thanks to Google. That’s more than double the number the company acquired in the same period last year. It even has a venture fund in place specifically for AI that’s really run by engineers rather than investors that’s dishing out investments up to $10 million.
The alphabet is Google’s parent company and over the past five years, it has acquired 11 AI startups, which is more than any other public company. Next on the list is Apple with seven, followed by Facebook and Intel who each have five. Twitter is also in the game, but at a slightly slower speed, with four startups under its belt in the same period.
The startup’s Google’s acquired over the past three years include Kaggle (a predictive analytics platform), api.ai
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